Nokia Head of Design talks about the N1 Android tablet: not many products are so well made

Nokia Head of Design talks about the N1 Android tablet: not many products are so well made
While its phone making division was sold to Microsoft earlier this year, Nokia is still alive and well. Since its main business now is related to telecommunications equipment, Nokia surprised us today with the introduction of the N1 - a brand new Android Lollipop tablet that uses Nokia’s own Z launcher.

The Nokia N1 won’t be released before early 2015, but it seems that it already warms the hearts of Nokia and Android fans altogether. Not long after announcing the N1, Nokia posted a video in which Axel Meyer, the company’s Head of Design, talks about the look and feel of the slate. The main idea is that the Nokia N1 is a simple device - they “removed everything that wasn’t necessary,” thus making it more natural to use, allowing you to focus on the experience that you’re having, not on the object itself. 

Axel Meyer says that the N1 “is not an ordinary product” and there aren't many devices "that are so well made” out there, though he notes that, ultimately, that’s up to users to decide. You can check out the video below. Also included is a video showing Nokia Product Manager Tuukka Järvenpää giving us a very brief presentation of the slate.

The Nokia N1 is made out of aluminum and, at 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm and 318 grams, it’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad mini 3 - which appears to be its main competitor. The new tablet features a 7.9-inch display with 1536 x 2048 pixels, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, a 64-bit, 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 5300 mAh battery.

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  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 5300 mAh



1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Where's the tard that keeps saying Foxconn designed this?

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yea. It is designed totally by Nokia and manufactured by Foxconn. Same with Apple and BlackBerry. Form whom this middle finger? I guess it is for Microsoft fans lol.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Just go visit Windows Central ROFL. They are SO butthurt and unsecure and pissed off. "Lagdroid" "it's not even made by Nokia"

32. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2281; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"lol"...Until you realise that the design is a clone of the iPad.

42. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Same with apple (foxcon only manufacture it), but NOT bb. BB Z10 is 100% designed and build by foxcon.

52. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

No, it is not like Apple and BlackBerry. This is Foxconn tablet! "The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties." This is NOT Nokia product and Nokia will not be responsible for the quality and repairs.

62. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

That still says nothing about design, but thanks...

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um after watching him dilly dally his answers about design and seeing that Foxcon basically used left over iPad mini parts, do people actually believe that Nokia designed this? Rofl. It's obvious Foxcon engineered means designed. Apple designed and engineered their products. This is Nokia guidelines and everything else Foxcon. It's like so obvious. Similar to Samsung's Exynos chips. Yes ARM set the guidelines and reference designs for those chips but they are Samsung chips through and through. Just like this is a Foxcon design through and through. Sorry Nokia fans. It looks like to me that Nokia just said, it has to be 6.9mm thin and it has to have this and that and the Foxcon did the rest. I am not sure that qualifies as designed.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Exynos are a bad example since they use reference ARM cores and reference ARM GPUs Apple's A8X is a better example Custom Apple designed ARM cores and custom PowerVR GPU, which is fabbed by TSMC/Samsung

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That was my point. This seems just like Nokia referenced with Foxconn using spare iPad mini parts. Even that interview was shady. He answered nothing about the design and used a very vague quality answer for all three questions, like he knew he didn't actually design it.

53. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol, sorry I miss read your commet

24. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Taters, we am really sad for you just wasting time in your life. Also I am proud to give to you the official Butthurt diploma on this site, because your case is just lame and sad. You are extremely pissed of because we will have the Best Hardware Money Can Buy for 250$, whereas you have a certain piglet "WP" OS, more expensive on a worst hardware. Its a shame for you to come here and say non sense because you can't accept the truth. I really like Nokia's move, they are coming back and I love the price of this device, its a very good competitive device with an Ultra Resolution screen, and a 8MP camera with Android OS... At extremely low price :D We have been waiting for this day to happen ! Bring it on !

27. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"We are not just taking our brand and throwing it over the fence to see which products it sticks to. We are using our own industrial design team – the ones that have designed extremely successful Nokia products in the past – and delivering the design to Foxconn." "Foxcon basically used left over iPad mini parts, " what the hell are you smoking bro? You works at foxcon? Is this the new level of fanboyism?

29. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

LetsBeHonest You are a shame for "WP" if its that you try to defend, I've seen you a lot of time praising this OS. And you make your community ashamed in trying to low down the value of other brands. So my first question is what are you doing here on this news ? There is no mention of "WP" non sense in the news, you don't have no reason to come here and will never have none. You maybe believe with this very good device, Nokia is still part of Micro$, its not the case anymore. We have here a Nokia N1, with an Android OS with a superb quality and superb brand and you know what I am talking about. Its controlled by Nokia, our company in Finland. LetsBeHonest, I please ask you to be honest with yourself. Why do come on this news ? Be honest. We don't mind of what you say, what we mind about is we have an extreme device, the level of what is made the best on the market, that everyone, even you, can get for a very decent price. Be honest, you can't say the contrary and its only this that counts. Not at all your butthurt stories.

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Honestly speaking what the hell are you speaking? First of all I was replying to Taters. I am defending Nokia dude. The first quotes says this device is (N1) completely designed and controlled by Nokia. And the second quotes is from "Taters" comment were he says it is just the extra parts from iPad mini. Which was kinda stupid sentence. And yes I use WP. And I have used Android and iOS I love them . I love Nokia Microsoft, Samsung, Apple etc. I love tech and that's why I came to this site. That's the whole point of pa isn't it? Is it wrong coming to a particular news and express opinions??? And I'm no fanboy I switch platforms frequently. And I love each of them. And I have plenty of respect for nokia. I suggest you to read my comment again. And clam down.

36. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

The first quoted paragraph from my original comment was by "Ramzi Haidamus", Nokia's technology chief.

35. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And one more thing it is better to mind your language. Insulting its is not a nice thing to do. "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it" Have a nice day.

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not smoking anything. Nokia blowing smoke and claiming that they designed it seems like part of the licensing deal. Maybe Foxcon paid a higher licensing fee so they can say Nokia designed it rather than saying they shamelessly used the iPad mini parts and rebranded it.

43. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Taters, more you talk more I feel ashamed of the people you defend and you try to help, would it be "WP" or Apple. If I were an "WP" fan which will never happen I would be ashamed of you being a hater and drowning the quality of your fans. Let me precise to you one or two points. One point is the fact that all the hardware on which is based "WP" until today are purely made by Nokia. You can say what you want but all the p**p you let go in this news is just p**ping on yourself and what that made the success of your platform. And now, there is no very high quality manufacturer as Nokia to support your platform you are so buttheart you decide to come here and p**p. We know how you feel, no need to make us confirm it with all your emotions. Thank you and let us others be happy now with the Best Device of this Year, the Nokia N1, High Quality Hardware for no more than 250$, I was waiting for this Big Day for long time, we and I particularly am really happy :D

45. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think this is what you assume.. right? If you go to that site which i posted on earlier comment of mine you can see it is indeed designed by Nokia. I agree in a way this does looks resembles to iPad. But claiming this is iPad parts is kinda pointless. You have no facts. We are taking based on available news in which they clearly say they designed it.

49. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Taters is very shameful, best you stop Taters, more you talk more your value is lowering, you are too much hating to be taken seriously. This is the first tablet I will get next year and I am waiting for the return of the King, Nokia. Bring it on !

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You are right, we can only go by what we have. But the whole thing just reeks of the Sony and Carl Zeiss relationship. They claimed the lens were Carl Zeiss designed and referenced but Sony manufactured but the Sony G lens and Zeiss lens quality was exactly the same. Just one branded Zeiss for marketing and one branded Sony G Lens. Then when Zeiss actually designed and manufactured a Nex lens, it was light years better than anything supposedly to designed by Zeiss and manufactured by Sony. It was obviously a sham to sell and market Sony point and shoots. This just reeks of the same thing and I am guessing will be exposed soon enough. Similar to Hockey sticks supposedly designed, used, or preferred by Gretzky or Crosby but ended up being s**t sticks with their names on the stick.

21. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'll just C/P my post from older article: Chinese companies/factories that are mass-producing products for western companies have always, almost traditionally, stole the designs of those products, modified it a bit, and sold under their own name. That was a constant problem for those western companies when they moved their production to China. I can't ignore the impression that this is exactly the case, that Foxconn actually modified iPad Mini design and agreed to put a Nokia brand on it. I wonder if western companies like Apple ever succeded in regulating the legal aspects of this issue completely, or there are some holes that allow this to happen. I also wonder if Apple is going to at least make a comment on this, if not react more agressively.

25. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Don't just copy/paste post from other articles without using your brain : "AppleConspiracy", huh ? I understand your biased post when I watch. Here we are not talking about a simple Chinese product, please get your facts right. We are talking about a high quality product at 250$ with Android OS. You are just saying sh!t but this sh!t is only your own ideas. When our Nokia N1 will arrive in Europe and USA, 99% of the consumers (you are making part of the 1%) will buy our Nokia N1 because you can't find better for cheaper. I remind you here that the N1 have an x86 CPU and a Ultra HD Resolution Screen, with all the other aspects of the hardware that I didn't mention, all for less expensive than usual. I will get the N1 !

28. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This has nothing to do with quality of the product and its technical specifications. All of those products, whether it is Apple or Nokia or something else, are actually Chinese. They differ in quality, but that is not my point now. The point is that I'm wondering about legality of this interventions, as it is a common practice in industry when dealing with China. Nokia N1 is cleary iPad rippoff, and interview in this article is a standard set-up, saying all the trendy words about design and quality that we heard so many times.

30. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

And who do you think gives a f_ck about what you say on this news ? The Nokia N1 exists, and it has been a device we all waited for, long ago while Elop was still flopping. So to tell you the truth, first of all you a more like a buttheart M$ or I don't know what fanboy (that is not our problem and we can suggest seeing your name), but you are coming here to poop on thing that you know is better than anything you where supporting before. Second of all, if this product exist its because they know what they are doing. Its not your case, witch confirms point one.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol I agree. It looks blatantly obvious to me but I guess we can let the Nokia fanboys cling on to their hopes.

44. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Well move out. The Nokia N1 is the one and the only that should have been released, very top notch hardware and OS for all of us, Nokia FTW !!!!!

47. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Ive seen a few people on this site use the term 'should of been released". I agree the device sounds awesome and does look like an iPad regardless of what anyone says but in the tech world their are a lot of things that should of happened that just don't. The best part of the N1 is the projected price which allows Nokia to get away with any issues in the future. What i mean is the device sounds great on paper but nobody has access to it yet so you can't say its a game changer until you've used it.

48. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

EC112987 the same way you don't know if it is a game changer it is the same way you don't know if it is not a game changer, so you comment for nothing or just to troll. For the moment this IS a game changer because the releasing of this device shows a new era since the Flopping part in Nokia.

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